If your under eyelids are swollen, you may be suffering from a condition called blepharitis, according to the Mayo Clinic. If this is the case, the area of your eyelid where the eyelashes grow will most likely be effected. It causes swelling, discomfort, itchy and inflamed eyelids but, fortunately, the condition doesn't result in permanent damage to the eye area or to your eye sight.
Eye Drops, Antibiotic Ointments
Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream or ointment. In addition, she may recommend that you use antibiotic eye drops if your lids are extremely swollen and causing you great discomfort. These eye drops may contain steroids.
Connected to Rosacea and Dandruff
In some cases, swollen eyelids are linked to rosacea and dandruff, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you treat those two conditions appropriately and successfully, your eyelids may stop swelling.
Cold or Warm Compresses
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) can cause both your upper and lower eyelids to swell. Try placing cold compresses on the swollen area and see if this is effective. Some individuals prefer to use warm compresses to treat this condition, according to Healthprofessor.com .See which works best for you.
If you think your swollen under eyelid is caused by allergies, such as hay fever, you can use over-the-counter allergy eye drops and/or medicated lotions in an attempt to reduce the swelling. Only you can decide if you need medical intervention and when it's necessary to call your physician.
Spritz witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab your swollen eyes with it. Witch hazel reduces inflammation and swelling, according to Home-remedies.info.
If your eyelid appears to be infected, put a small amount of baby shampoo into a jar of water so that it becomes diluted. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and then carefully dab at your swollen and infected lids with the wet cotton ball. If your skin is scaly, this will help loosen the scaly areas. Afterward, rinse you eyes with cold water, according to Home-remedies-for-you.com.
Total-health-care.com recommends putting the strained liquid from a grated potato onto a cotton ball and gently wiping your swollen lids with the cotton ball. You can also put the grated potato in between the layers of a muslin cloth and apply that to the swollen area. Try putting a sliced, raw potato directly onto the swollen under eye area.